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Police support Hate Crime Awareness Week

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE will show its support and commitment to the National Hate Crime Awareness Week by raising awareness within communities as to what a hate crime or incident is.

Additionally, they will be encouraging members of the public to ‘Make Hate History’ and to report hate crime as ‘reporting works’.

Chief inspector Rhiannon Ivens said Hate crimes and incidents have a significant impact on victims and can cause serious distress, confusion and fear. By their very nature they are hostile and prejudice, targeting a person or people merely due to their disability, religion or belief, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or transgender identity. We have to unite to stop this – together.

“By reporting these crimes and incidents when they occur, our residents and communities are joining us in the fight against crime, supporting us to investigate, identify offenders and bring them to justice and to stop this from happening to someone else.

“I want to encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it to us at Dyfed-Powys Police so we can investigate and offer as much support as possible. We also need to know where it is happening so we can understand the extent of hate crime in the area and be better equipped to diffuse community tension before it can escalate.

“We all share the responsibility to stop hate crime. Challenging perceptions and attitudes and encouraging others to ‘think for themselves’ is something we must all do consistently to drive out Hate and positively influence our environment.

“Whether you are a victim or a witness to hate crime, adult or child, please report it to us, we want to hear from you and stop this – together.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said  “Hate crime can destroy lives, instil fear and can break down the fabric of our communities and neighbourhoods. Hate crime affects all communities and if not tackled can lead to the isolation and victimisation of individuals and vulnerable groups along with the polarisation of communities.

“I would like to see everyone challenging the underlying attitudes and behaviours in society that lead to hate crime being committed.”

During the week, officers will be out and about in the community and speaking to the public to raise awareness of hate crime.

Victims are encouraged not to suffer in silence but to report hate crime by speaking to Neighbourhood Policing teams or via the 101 non-emergency number or 999 during an emergency.

Victims can also report electronically on the True Vision reporting system – www.report-it.org.uk

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Unwanted musical instruments needed for new homes

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LOCAL AM Lee Waters is calling for people around the Llanelli region to donate any unused musical instruments to a new Welsh Government pilot, Instruments for Kids.

The scheme was launched at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on 2nd November by the Novello Orchestra using instruments donated by Assembly Members.

Lee Waters, who donated an old guitar, said: “Learning to play an instrument is an opportunity that should be given to every child. Music is one of life’s joys, and learning to play an instrument is fun! I was pleased to pass this old guitar on for someone else to enjoy.”

People across Wales are being encouraged to donate their once loved, but no longer played instruments across Wales between 20th and 24th November – a week that’s been designated ‘Music Instrument Amnesty Week’. The collected instruments will then be distributed through local authorities to children and schools that need them

David Mahoney, Founder of The Novello Orchestra and member of Only Men Aloud, is just one of several Welsh musicians supporting the campaign.

He said: “Music is such a big part of Welsh culture.The benefits of music making are endless and this scheme will provide a perfect opportunity to introduce musical performance to those who may not otherwise have been exposed to it.”

The nearest drop-off point for Llanelli residents will be at the Lord Mayor’s Reception, Guild Hall, Swansea, SA1 4PE (public entrance by clock tower) on November 23-24, between 9am and 7pm.

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Police reaffirms commitment to a safe working environment

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has pledged to maintain its ongoing work to provide a safe working environment for all its staff.

Following the high profile accusations against members of the entertainment industry and reports that have subsequently followed from all corners of society, the force has taken action to ensure its staff and officers are aware of the existing support and mechanisms available to them.

While much work has already been – and continues to be – undertaken to tackle and eliminate unacceptable behaviour within Dyfed-Powys Police, chief officers are actively developing a culture where all members of staff are confident in speaking out.

An open letter has been issued to all employees, in which Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter has reaffirmed that ensuring all staff can work in a fair and safe environment remains a key priority.

In it, she says: “The chief officer group wants to reassure you all that in Dyfed-Powys Police we hold our staff at the heart of our service and we will do everything we can to provide a safe working environment where everyone has the equal right to respect and dignity.

“The #MeToo Campaign was re-launched in the wake of the early allegations and has since been used by millions of women and men as an instantly recognisable method of removing the stigma that surrounds sexual harassment, by both victims and supporters of the campaign.

“While much work has already been undertaken to tackle and eliminate harassment, bullying and discrimination, work in this area is never done. Therefore, ensuring a fair, safe and equitable working environment for our staff in Dyfed-Powys Police remains an absolute priority.

“I have pledged my support to ongoing work aimed at reminding all officers and staff of the existing support and mechanisms available by which Dyfed-Powys Police encourages the reporting of wrong-doing. We will be reviewing policy, procedure and practice to ensure they remain current and that they are both supportive of victims and alleged perpetrators.

“We will also engage with staff associations and networks, the Police Federation and Unison to better understand staff concerns, embed high standards of conduct and reduce fear experienced by victims.”

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Emergency works may cause disruptions

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A NUMBER of council buildings will be without mains power for a period this afternoon (Nov 15) due to essential emergency works to a sub-station adjacent to Ty Elwyn, Llanelli.

The council’s emergency arrangements have been implemented to ensure minimal impact on services and members of the public, however some council buildings – Ty Elwyn and Llanelli Town Hall – are currently closed to staff and public.

Alternative power supplies have been arranged by the council and Western Power Distribution to ensure services continue at a number of other buildings in the vicinity, including Llanelli Leisure Centre, Caemaen Care Home and Day Centre, the Coleshill Centre and the cash desk at 2-4 Coleshill Terrace.

Telephone lines will however be affected at these buildings, as well as at Llanelli Library, Dafen Equipment Store, Maes Lliedi, Maes Y Morfa Integrated Children Centre, and Llanelli area Flying Start offices.

The council’s main contact centre is unaffected and customers can still access many council services and make contact with the council online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales, as well as calling 01267 234567.

Whilst emergency works are underway, further disruptions may be possible.

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